A prophetic music video about the real motivations underlying fanaticism in all its incarnations. This film was produced independently by Singing Fools in 1985 after the group's shortlived contract with A&M Records which had seen the Ottawa-based duo sell their masterpiece nuclear dancercise hit, "The Apocalypso", to Herb Alpert for a measly $100 advance and a grilled cheese platter in Scarborough. This controversial video was based on a controversial if prescient song originally released on the mini-LP entitled "Call Me Lucky" The video adaptation was initially broadcast on February 16th, 1986 on Canada's MuchMusic pay television channel where it received instant critical acclaim from the night watchman. Only with the advent of the Gulf War, 9/11 and the U.S. invasion of Iraq, has the tune's prophetic prescience become more apparent, making it a latter-day saint amongst the current insipid aural pablum that passes for modern political commentary.
Production Company Singing Fools MusicAudio/Visual sound, color
March 3, 2007
Bertrand Russell throws down with Ahmadinejad!
An archive gem that has finally resurfaced after its 1986 debut on an obscure Canuck cable station, this ahead-of-its time, fighting-over-its-weight-class "take" on religious zealotry (of all stripes) probably missed the mark for most adolescent viewers when it first aired. It features a "rap" track by British peace activist and philosopher, Bertrand Russell, which is actually a remixed audio montage of his Nobel Prize winning acceptance speech interview with the BBC. As other reviewers have noted of the eclectic Singing Fools repertoire, "typical rock video fare". Not.